Former Birmingham City Defender Joins League One Rivals

Birmingham City academy graduate Geraldo Bajrami has signed for their league rivals Burton Albion, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

The Albanian will make the move when his Notts County contract expires at the end of the month, having been sidelined for the entirety of the last league campaign due to injury.

Bajrami, an eight-cap Albanian Under 21 international, signed his first professional contract with Birmingham in 2018 but would only make two Championship appearances for the club and was briefly loaned to Solihull Moors.

The 24-year-old would eventually join Kidderminster Harriers, then of the National League North, playing regularly and helping the club to the playoffs.

National League promotion chasers Notts County came calling for the Birmingham-born defender and he would appear on 31 occasions they went toe-to-toe with Wrexham before securing promotion in the playoffs.

Bajrami becomes the second signing in two days and the second under new owners the Nordic Football Group, after the Brewers completed the free transfer of former Salford midfielder Elliot Watt.

This will be the first opportunity for the defender to test himself in the Football League and he is excited to have made the move.

“It’s a good project to be a part of. The owners explained why they’ve picked Burton Albion, why they’ve invested in it, the playing style that they want to play, the type of players that they want to bring in, and it excited me – that’s why I’m here today,” he said.

Bajrami is delighted to have the chance to play in League One and to be part of the club.

“Burton are in a higher than Notts County and I want to play as high as I can, as soon as I can. I want to challenge myself and I want to be part of what’s happening at this club,” he continued.

Writer’s View

Bajrami must be delighted with his move up the divisions, particularly having missed last season through injury.

Burton seems to be favouring the signing of young, hungry players who will be desperate to prove themselves in League One.

The signing could be something of a risk for the Brewers after Bajrami’s injury last term and the fact he has never played in the league before.

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